The Tunnel Rats return to the historic Everett’s Music Barn at 4055 Stonecypher Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024, on March 28th at 9:00pm.
Join the Tunnel Rats Band to help support our Veterans! The Tunnel Rats will be performing at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater for the GVVA Fundraiser: A Music and Movie Tribute to our Veterans – See the details below.
Reserve your seat:
General Admission: $10.00
Veterans and Seniors (62+): $5.00
Children 12 and under: Free
The Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance, Chapter 1, is seeking Company Sponsorships to benefit the Colonel Al Rowe Holiday Food Program
Download Company Sponsorship Form: Music and Movie Tribute to Our Veterans – Donation Form
Sponsorship Request Letter:
The Tunnel Rats will be playing at Academy Sports at Barrett Crossing in Kennesaw from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for a Veteran’s Appreciation Event. This is a free event so y’all come see us!
Where: 1580 Crater Lake Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30152
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00pm
The Tunnel Rats will perform for the United Military Care event, Giving Thanks to Those Who Served, from 11:00am until 1:30pm at the United Military Care facility, 1220 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30062.
This is a free event. Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves, and ponchos for homeless Veterans are appreciated.
Join us for hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by our very own Vet-Chefs while you listen to great musical entertainment. You have the chance to sit and talk with Veterans from World War II through Present Day and show thanks for everyone that has served! Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves and ponchos will be accepted to help homeless Veterans over the winter months.
The Tunnel Rats enjoyed performing at the North Cobb Senior Services Fair! We played from 10:00am to 1:30pm right out front. What a terrific facility, amazing staff, and super volunteers!
Thank you for inviting us!
Location: 3900 S. Main Street, Acworth, GA 30101 (Inside Kennworth Park at the end of Kennworth Park Rd)
The 2004 documentary In The Shadow Of The Blade follows the journey of a restored Vietnam War UH-1H Huey across the United States to document the stories of Vietnam veterans and their families. These stories provide an extraordinary opportunity for understanding and healing, which for decades, alluded those who served in Vietnam.
Among the stories told in the film, one stands out as a lesson in hope, persistence, and “doing the right thing.” It’s the story of “Baby Kathleen,” the South Vietnamese infant who survived against all odds. Without the servicemen who found her in the arms of her dead mother, the helicopter pilot, and servicemen who flew her to a field hospital, and without the doctors and nurses who tended her wounds, Baby Kathleen would be yet another civilian casualty of the Vietnam War.
Georgia’s own Donna Rowe tells the story of “Baby Kathleen” in the documentary. Donna served as the triage nurse captain at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon during 1968-69. One day, a helicopter radioed they had a severely wounded infant on board. As there were other hospitals in Saigon and the triage room was overflowing with wounded, Vietnamese civilians were last on the triage list. Despite protocol, Donna made a decision to take in the wounded baby girl.
Not sure the infant would survive, she buttonholed a Catholic priest on the way to surgery, demanding he baptize the baby. Making do with water from a spigot, and with Donna, and the two men on the gurney’s sides as witnesses and God-parents, the priest baptized the girl, Kathleen Fields. Donna chose the name Kathleen from a song her father used to sing to her, and Fields for the name of the 3rd Field Hospital.
Baby Kathleen survived her wounds and stayed at the 3rd Field Hospital – again against the rules – until an American soldier wanting to adopt Kathleen cut through the red tape and bureaucracy to do so. “Kathleen” made her way to the United States to live with her adopted family.
Thirty-three years later, Donna told “Kathleen’s” story to a reporter whose article led to finding “Kathleen” in California, Donna met “Kathleen,” her adoptive parents, and her children. They remain friends today.
Sid Orr tells the story of a man walking along a beach where thousands upon thousands of starfish had washed ashore. He sees another man picking up a starfish and throwing it back into the sea. The man continues, one-by-one throwing starfish back. The man walking along the beach asks the other, “what possible difference can you make. Look at all these starfish.”
The other man picked up a starfish and tossed it back into the ocean and said, “Made a difference to that one.”
Among the wounded and dying of the Vietnam War, Donna Rowe and her colleagues made a difference to “Kathleen.”
Huey picture courtesy David Whitworth
Terry Garlock – “The Story of baby Kathleen,” The Citizen -November 19, 2015
Laura Raines – “Memories of an Army nurse,” Atlanta Journal Constitution – June 11, 2011
The Tunnel Rats returned to the Band of Brothers Veterans Park in Murphy, NC, to perform from 12:45 to 1:45 for the 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation & Education Day hosted by the Cherokee County (NC) School System and Sheriff’s Department. If you are ever in the area, you want to visit this amazing Veterans Park.
Band of Brothers Veteran’s Park 430 Carriage Lane Murphy, NC 28906
- 10:00 AM – Presentation of colors, Prayer, Pledge, National Anthem, opening remarks
- 10:30 to 11:45 – Rogers Family Gospel Band
- 11:00 ish – Grilling hamburgers and other goodies
- 12:00 Noon – Parachute Jumpers
- 12:45 to 1:45 – The Tunnel Rats Band <– NEW TIME
- 2:00 to 3:00 – Hayes Family Gospel Band
To provide quality services and support, based upon the concepts of self-esteem and self improvement, to Vietnam veterans throughout the State of Georgia that will enhance and enrich their lives and the lives of their families.
The Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Chapter One, Marietta GA, raises money each year to fund the Colonel Al Rowe Memorial Holiday Food Program. For over 12 years, this program has served over 3,500 Active Duty, Guardsman, Veterans’ families, disabled Veterans and their widows, with utilities and living expenses.
In 2006 at the beginning of the war of Iraqi Freedom, Colonel Al Rowe, GVVA Chapter One president, 2001-2006, and the GVVA board recognized an urgent need of active duty military families. Lower ranking military personnel were struggling with minimum military pay while serving during the war, leaving some unable to afford a holiday meal for their families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. To answer the need the GVVA Chapter 1 established the Holiday Food Program.
As the GVVA became more involved they realized the need spread into the vast veteran community in Cobb County and beyond.The Holiday Food Program is now directed in coordination with the Command of Dobbins Air Reserve Base of the U.S. Air Force and the Georgia National Guard to identify the families that need assistance with food during the holidays. Over the past 12 years, the Holiday Food Program has helped feed over 3,000 families who has a member actively serving our nation or state. The Holiday Food Program has also assisted needy veterans with food, utilities, or living expenses.
Upon Colonel Al Rowe’s death in 2014, the GVVA Board of Directors renamed the program in his his honor for his dedicated service to the veterans and the military families in our community.
The Tunnel Rats Band performed at the Annual Heritage Festival in Blairsville, GA September 1st, and 2nd. They enjoyed jamming at the Seasons Inn on Friday night, and outside The Hole In The Wall – a local eatery – on Saturday and Sunday. The band took the stage at the Heritage Festival on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.
“We know we have hit the mark when someone in the audience takes the time after the show to come up to members of the band to say thank you, and share how the songs touched them.”
The Tunnel Rats were honored to perform for Vietnam Veterans, their families and friends as the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce recognized Vietnam veterans in the Cobb County area. The Tunnel Rats set up outside and played from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
Enjoy the slide show:
Tunnel Rats performing a crowd pleaser: